Check out this excellent profile of Jutta here, thanks to Pellicle Mag/Valerie Kathawala.
Jutta Ambrositsch makes wines in Vienna. They are our go to everyday wines. Her wines are awesome -elegant, clean, balanced, confident, refreshing- wines that match most any occasion like a black sweater.
Viennese winemaking goes back hundreds of years, and today wine and vineyards (650 hectares in the city limits- 30% of which are cultivated organically/ or biodynamically) remain integral to the culture and layout of the city. Jutta tends her own vineyards- some choice plots on the Northern limits of the city she’s collected since 2004, just up the hills from the Danube. Jutta focuses her winemaking on the traditional favorites of the city- gemischter satz wines from both white and red grapes. Gemischter Satz (literally ‘mixed set’) are wines made from a blend of grapes, traditionally, and the case in most Ambrositch wines, co-planted varieties in a single vineyard, all harvested and fermented together.
From a single parcel on the right side of the Danube of the oldest vines, which were planted in the 1950’s. It’s a mix of ancient varities that are not known and twelve that are familiar, some of them rare.
Brenna Quigley, a reknowned geologist, explained in a recent AWMB seminar that these marl soils contain soft and smooth clay components, as compared to some other compositions of marl. This smooth clay is offset by very hard limestone. With marl high in calcium carbonate, the soil is basic (not acidic) in composition. As a result, vibrant acids show on the palate, expressing more bright and fresh lemon. Overall, there is spectacular tension and weight for a wine that dials in at a mere 11.5% ABV. There is incredible length on the finish, as the acid just barely outlasts the salty tension.
Marco’s notes cannot be skipped on this wine, “Old founding fathers amongst the vines, ancient grape varieties, planted almost 70 years ago. Twelve sorts that we know and some that nobody knows any longer. All in all, a wine that is far from the here and now, no chance to be a hit at the box office, and yet, it is a clear, valid, if not definitive manifest for Gemischter Satz from our cute metropole.” – Bowler